Australian singles chart:
Monster Mash entered the Kent charts on 10 November 1962 and peaked at #27. A re-release entered the Kent charts on 27 August 1973 and peaked at #3. It was #26 on the Top 100 of 1973.
Bobby Pickett and Lenny Capizzi composed Monster Mash and recorded it with Gary S. Paxton, pianist Leon Russell, Johnny MacRae, Rickie Page, and Terry Berg, credited as “The Crypt-Kickers”. Mel Taylor, drummer for the Ventures, is sometimes credited with playing on the record as well.
Read more: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monster_Mash
Pickett was a nightclub entertainer who performed with a group called The Cordials. He wrote Monster Mash with his friend Lenny Capizzi. They were both big horror movie fans, and Pickett would do an impression of the actor Boris Karloff (known for playing the monster in many Frankenstein movies) during the speaking part of Little Darlin’ that went over well in his act. As Capizzi played the piano, he and Pickett put together this song with his Karloff impression in mind. They came up with the plot about Frankenstein’s monster starting a dance craze.
Read more: www.songfacts.com/facts/bobby-boris-pickett-the-crypt-kickers/monster-mash
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